|Publication number||US6541879 B1|
|Application number||US 09/816,963|
|Publication date||Apr 1, 2003|
|Filing date||Mar 23, 2001|
|Priority date||Mar 23, 2001|
|Publication number||09816963, 816963, US 6541879 B1, US 6541879B1, US-B1-6541879, US6541879 B1, US6541879B1|
|Inventors||David G. Wright|
|Original Assignee||Cypress Semiconductor Corp.|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (26), Referenced by (65), Classifications (8), Legal Events (7)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
The present invention relates to a method and/or architecture for power management generally and, more particularly, to a method and/or architecture for implementing Universal Serial Bus (USB) hub power management.
Conventional power management for USB hubs requires costly regulated DC power supplies, costly monolithic power switching devices and/or overcurrent detection devices. Furthermore, overcurrent detection methods are over-sensitive to transient current spikes.
Referring to FIG. 1, a conventional USB power management circuit 10 is shown. The circuit 10 comprises a regulated power supply 12, a controller 14 and a number of power switching and monitoring devices 16 a-16 n. Each of the power switching and monitoring devices 16 a-16 n are implemented as monolithic devices. The switching and monitoring devices 16 a-16 n provide power control and over current detection to the controller 14.
The present invention concerns an apparatus comprising a controller, a voltage supply circuit and a power management circuit. The controller may include one or more ports. The voltage supply circuit may be configured to generate an unregulated voltage supply. The power management circuit may be configured to receive the unregulated voltage supply and present a regulated power supply voltage to each of the one or more ports.
The objects, features and advantages of the present invention include providing a method and/or architecture for implementing Universal Serial Bus (USB) hub power management that may (i) provide overcurrent detection, (ii) provide port overcurrent detection in a USB hub, (iii) implement a “shutdown” feature of a voltage regulator to provide port power switching and/or (iv) reduce production costs.
These and other objects, features and advantages of the present invention will be apparent from the following detailed description and the appended claims and drawings in which:
FIG. 1 is a block diagram of a conventional hub power management circuit; and
FIG. 2 is a block diagram of a preferred embodiment of the present invention.
Typical self-powered USB hubs may be powered using a relatively expensive regulated DC power supply. The USB device may be compliant with the USB specification version 1.0 (published November 1996), the USB specification version 1.1 (published September 1998), and/or the USB specification version 2.0 (published April 2000), each of which are hereby incorporated by reference in their entirety.
Each of the revisions to the USB specifications require the capability to supply 0.5A per downstream port. A typical 4-port hub may comprise a 2.5A supply (e.g., 2.0A for the downstream ports and 0.5A to power the hub). Furthermore, the hub may supply a margin for downstream devices that might draw more current than the USB specification allows.
One of the reasons for the high cost of a 12.5W regulated DC supply is the high cost of a 2.5A voltage regulator, which is typically more than the cost of four 500 mA regulators. An unregulated AC power supply may be implemented as a suitably packaged step-down transformer. An unregulated AC power supply may lend itself to low cost manufacturing. Unregulated AC supplies are readily available at low costs.
The USB specification permits hubs to provide either (i) an independent switch for each port (e.g., per port) or (ii) a single switch for all ports together (e.g., ganged). The USB specification also requires self-powered hubs to detect any dangerous conditions (e.g., an overcurrent condition) on the downstream ports. Specifically, the hub may provide overcurrent detection at a threshold well above the 500 mA level.
Typically, power switching and overcurrent detection is implemented using monolithic devices that switch the current and monitor for an overcurrent condition. Such devices are relatively expensive (e.g., in the range of $0.25+ per port). Also, the cost of a 12.5W, 5.0V regulated DC power supply is high, often approaching the cost of the hub itself.
Referring to FIG. 2, a block diagram of a circuit (or system) 100 is shown in accordance with a preferred embodiment of the present invention. The circuit 100 may provide a new approach to power management in USB hubs. The circuit 100 generally comprises a circuit 102, a circuit 104, a circuit 106 and a circuit 108. The circuits 102 and 108 may form a first integrated circuit (IC). The circuits 104 and 106 may also form another IC. However, the circuits 102, 104, 106, and 108 may be implemented on the same package. The circuit 102 may be implemented as a power supply. In one example, the circuit 102 may be implemented as an AC supply device. The circuit 104 may be implemented as a Universal Serial Bus (USB) hub controller having a number of ports 105 a-105 n, where n is an integer. The circuit 106 may be implemented as a regulator (or power management) circuit. The circuit 106 may be configured to power a number of downstream devices (not shown). The circuit 108 may be configured to provide a supply voltage to the circuit 106. In one example, the circuit 108 may be implemented as an AC/DC converter.
The circuit 102 may receive an alternating current voltage (e.g., AC). The circuit 102 may also supply a signal to the conversion circuit 108. The conversion circuit 108 may provide an unregulated direct current (DC) voltage (e.g., DC) to the power management circuit 106. The power management circuit 106 generally comprises a number of circuits 110 a-110 n. Each of the circuits 110 a-110 n may provide voltage regulation of the unregulated DC supply. The voltage regulators 110 a-110 n may provide overcurrent detection to the hub controller 104. Additionally, the hub controller 104 may enable and/or disable each of the voltage regulators 110 a-110 n. The circuit 100 may provide improvements in conventional USB hub power management techniques via the power management circuit 106. The circuit 100 may also reduce costs for hub manufacturers, since the voltage regulators 110 a-110 n are low power regulators.
The circuit 100 may implement a low cost AC supply device (e.g., the unregulated AC supply 102) and internally regulate the voltage (e.g., with the voltage regulators 110 a-110 n). The circuit 100 may implement thermal protection features of a regulator to detect overcurrent via a signal (e.g., OVERCURRENT_DETECT). The circuit 100 may optionally use a shutdown feature of the regulators 110 a-110 n to switch power via a signal (e.g., POWER_ENABLE). In one example, the regulators 110 a-110 n may be switched simultaneously by driving a gang switch.
The circuit 100 may allow for a reduction in USB hub manufacturing costs. The circuit 100 may implement the voltage regulators 110 a-110 n to implement USB hub power management. Shutdown pins of the voltage regulator 110-110 n may provide individual port switching. The circuit 100 may shutdown power to a particular pin to control a downstream device. The circuit 100 may provide isolation from the effects of changes in current or voltage between adjacent ports 105 a-105 n. The circuit 100 may allow the cost of a self-powered USB hub to be reduced to previously unachievable levels.
The hub controller 104 may implement an external AC supply (e.g., the AC supply 102). The circuit 108 may contain a simple bridge rectifier and LC smoothing circuit to generate the unregulated DC voltage (e.g., the signal DC). Thus, each downstream USB device is supplied from a low cost 500 mA voltage regulator (e.g., the voltage regulators 110 a-110 n).
Some voltage regulators do not support voltage switching. Therefore, for such a case the circuit 100 may implement a single downstream port power switch separate from the voltage regulators 110 a-110 n to provide gang switched, individual port overcurrent detection.
The 5.0V, 500 mA voltage regulators 110 a-110 n may have internal thermal overload protection. Thus, if excessive current is drawn from the DC voltage regulator 110 a for a sustained period, the regulator 110 a may turn off automatically as a result of the thermal effects of the excessive current drawn. While the thermal nature of the detection makes the actual current vary dependent on the ambient temperature and device tolerance, the thermal protection feature will normally be triggered before an unsafe amount of energy is supplied and ensure that the safety objective of overcurrent detection in USB hubs is met.
If the thermal protection feature is activated, the voltage on the downstream power supply will fall to zero. The hub controller 104 may then detect that a port overcurrent event has taken place by simply sensing the CMOS logic level of the downstream bus voltage on the signal OVERCURRENT_DETECT.
The circuit 100 may also provide power management of individual port power switching. The,circuit 100 may be used in the stand-alone, self-powered USB hub market. Cost reductions in the power management of hubs will be particularly welcomed by hub vendors who are planning to support USB 2.0, since the cost of a USB 2.0 hub controller ICs is significantly higher than USB 1.1 hub ICs.
The circuit 100 may simplify and provide cost reductions of self-powered USB hubs. The circuit 100 may provide a USB hub where each downstream port may have a voltage regulator. The voltage regulators may have the dual function of regulating the downstream voltage and implementing downstream port power management. The circuit 100 may further detect overcurrent in a USB hub system.
The circuit 100 may implement thermal protection in the voltage regulators 110 a-110 n to provide port overcurrent detection in a USB hub. Additionally, the circuit 100 may implement a shutdown feature of a voltage regulators 110 a-110 n to provide port power switching. The circuit 100 may allow for significant cost reductions.
While the invention has been particularly shown and described with reference to the preferred embodiments thereof, it will be understood by those skilled in the art that various changes in form and details may be made without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention.
|Cited Patent||Filing date||Publication date||Applicant||Title|
|US4419723||Oct 29, 1981||Dec 6, 1983||Bell Telephone Laboratories, Incorporated||Regulation of multiple-output DC-DC converters|
|US4626697||Oct 22, 1984||Dec 2, 1986||American Hospital Supply Corporation||Power supply for providing plural DC voltages|
|US4675770||Jan 30, 1985||Jun 23, 1987||Telefonaktiebolaget L. M. Ericsson||Multiple voltage regulator integrated circuit having control circuits for selectively disabling a voltage regulator in an over-current condition|
|US5467009||May 16, 1994||Nov 14, 1995||Analog Devices, Inc.||Voltage regulator with multiple fixed plus user-selected outputs|
|US5475271||Mar 29, 1995||Dec 12, 1995||Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba||Power source control system for electronic device and expansion unit connected thereto|
|US5483656||Jan 14, 1993||Jan 9, 1996||Apple Computer, Inc.||System for managing power consumption of devices coupled to a common bus|
|US5514859||Apr 14, 1995||May 7, 1996||Seagull Scientific Systems, Inc.||Power and data interface for peripheral devices|
|US5522081||Apr 28, 1994||May 28, 1996||Dell Usa, L.P.||Drive current detection and optimization circuit for computer systems|
|US5603040||Jan 2, 1996||Feb 11, 1997||Dell Usa, L.P.||Power management control unit for a computer peripheral|
|US5606704||Oct 26, 1994||Feb 25, 1997||Intel Corporation||Active power down for PC card I/O applications|
|US5675813||Oct 26, 1995||Oct 7, 1997||Microsoft Corporation||System and method for power control in a universal serial bus|
|US5787014||Mar 29, 1996||Jul 28, 1998||Intel Corporation||Method and apparatus for automatically controlling integrated circuit supply voltages|
|US5799196||Jul 2, 1996||Aug 25, 1998||Gateway 2000, Inc.||Method and apparatus of providing power management using a self-powered universal serial bus (USB) device|
|US5818780||Sep 20, 1996||Oct 6, 1998||Micron Technology, Inc.||Memory device with distributed voltage regulation system|
|US5884086||Apr 15, 1997||Mar 16, 1999||International Business Machines Corporation||System and method for voltage switching to supply various voltages and power levels to a peripheral device|
|US5938770||Jul 21, 1997||Aug 17, 1999||Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.||Display apparatus for computer system|
|US5952733||Dec 5, 1997||Sep 14, 1999||Intel Corporation||Power distribution system for electronic devices|
|US6000042||Aug 25, 1997||Dec 7, 1999||3Com Corporation||Fault detection on a dual supply system for a universal serial bus system|
|US6009034||Oct 5, 1998||Dec 28, 1999||Micron Technology, Inc.||Memory device with distributed voltage regulation system|
|US6058026||Jul 26, 1999||May 2, 2000||Lucent Technologies, Inc.||Multiple output converter having a single transformer winding and independent output regulation|
|US6064554||Apr 27, 1998||May 16, 2000||Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.||Overcurrent protection circuit and method for universal serial bus hub unit|
|US6072681||Aug 3, 1998||Jun 6, 2000||Cogan; Adrian I.||Power line protection devices and methods|
|US6094040||Mar 4, 1999||Jul 25, 2000||Endress + Hauser Gmbh + Co.||Voltage regulator circuit|
|US6105097||Oct 14, 1998||Aug 15, 2000||Cypress Semiconductor Corp.||Device and method for interconnecting universal serial buses including power management|
|US6137188||May 28, 1999||Oct 24, 2000||3Com Corporation||Method for shared voltage regulation with multiple devices|
|US6240522 *||Sep 30, 1998||May 29, 2001||Compaq Computer Corporation||Clock run controller|
|Citing Patent||Filing date||Publication date||Applicant||Title|
|US6774610 *||Nov 6, 2002||Aug 10, 2004||Crydom Limited||AC voltage regulator apparatus and method|
|US6791853 *||Mar 7, 2003||Sep 14, 2004||Mobility Electronics, Inc.||Dual input AC/DC power converter having a programmable peripheral power hub module|
|US6802014 *||Oct 26, 2000||Oct 5, 2004||Apple Computer, Inc.||Method and apparatus for managing power in computer systems|
|US6904373 *||Sep 30, 2002||Jun 7, 2005||Intel Corporation||USB-controllable power supply|
|US6943296||Dec 3, 2003||Sep 13, 2005||Bellsouth Intellectual Property Corp.||USB wall plate|
|US7072989||May 19, 2004||Jul 4, 2006||Cypress Semiconductor, Inc.||USB peripheral device storing an indication of an operating power mode when a host went into hibernate and restarting at the power mode accordingly|
|US7194638||Sep 27, 2002||Mar 20, 2007||Cypress Semiconductor Corporation||Device and method for managing power consumed by a USB device|
|US7203044 *||Dec 18, 2002||Apr 10, 2007||Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba||Electronic apparatus and power supply control method|
|US7281782||Nov 17, 2003||Oct 16, 2007||Silverbrook Research Pty Ltd||Thermal ink jet with thin nozzle plate|
|US7290171 *||Nov 12, 2002||Oct 30, 2007||Fujitsu Limited||Device driver and device|
|US7293118||Sep 27, 2002||Nov 6, 2007||Cypress Semiconductor Corporation||Apparatus and method for dynamically providing hub or host operations|
|US7310697||Nov 1, 2004||Dec 18, 2007||Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.||System and method for dynamic USB power source|
|US7395366||Sep 27, 2002||Jul 1, 2008||Cypress Semiconductor Corp.||System, method, and apparatus for connecting USB peripherals at extended distances from a host computer|
|US7405497 *||Apr 13, 2004||Jul 29, 2008||Electrovaya Inc.||Integrated power supply system|
|US7432749||Jun 23, 2004||Oct 7, 2008||Cypress Semiconductor Corp.||Circuit and method for improving frequency range in a phase locked loop|
|US7447922||May 24, 2005||Nov 4, 2008||Cypress Semiconductor Corp.||Supplying power from peripheral to host via USB|
|US7519838||Sep 3, 2004||Apr 14, 2009||Apple Inc.||Method and apparatus for managing power in computer systems|
|US7631111 *||Aug 17, 2006||Dec 8, 2009||Standard Microsystems Corporation||System method for rapidly charging USB device's battery wherein USB device requests charging the battery at a higher power level|
|US7636862 *||Apr 10, 2006||Dec 22, 2009||Dell Products L.P.||Modular server system|
|US7653123||Jul 29, 2005||Jan 26, 2010||Cypress Semiconductor Corporation||Dynamic data rate using multiplicative PN-codes|
|US7653772 *||Aug 24, 2006||Jan 26, 2010||Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha||Control system, electronic device and image forming apparatus|
|US7689724||Aug 16, 2002||Mar 30, 2010||Cypress Semiconductor Corporation||Apparatus, system and method for sharing data from a device between multiple computers|
|US7765344||Nov 6, 2007||Jul 27, 2010||Cypress Semiconductor Corporation||Apparatus and method for dynamically providing hub or host operations|
|US7823033||Jul 26, 2006||Oct 26, 2010||Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.||Data processing with configurable registers|
|US7882297||Feb 20, 2009||Feb 1, 2011||Standard Microsystems Corporation||Serial bus hub with low power devices|
|US7925905||Mar 9, 2009||Apr 12, 2011||Apple Inc.||Method and apparatus for managing power in computer systems|
|US8055919||Feb 6, 2009||Nov 8, 2011||Standard Microsystems Corporation||Port power controller for USB hubs with legacy battery charge support|
|US8135880||Mar 31, 2006||Mar 13, 2012||Cypress Semiconductor Corporation||USB mass storage locking|
|US8185759||Nov 6, 2008||May 22, 2012||Smsc Holdings S.A.R.L.||Methods and systems for interfacing bus powered devices with host devices providing limited power levels|
|US8214669||Mar 14, 2011||Jul 3, 2012||Apple Inc.||Method and apparatus for managing power in computer systems|
|US8332545||May 31, 2011||Dec 11, 2012||Smsc Holdings S.A.R.L.||USB switch which allows primary USB connection in response to USB signaling|
|US8332664||Jun 13, 2008||Dec 11, 2012||Apple Inc.||Systems and methods for providing device-to-device handshaking through a power supply signal|
|US8370650||Jun 18, 2009||Feb 5, 2013||Greenplug, Inc.||Power supply capable of receiving digital communications from electronic devices|
|US8661281||Mar 8, 2011||Feb 25, 2014||Wistron Neweb Corp.||USB HUB and power management method thereof|
|US8812883||Sep 15, 2012||Aug 19, 2014||Apple Inc.||Systems and methods for providing device-to-device handshaking through a power supply signal|
|US8843770||Oct 31, 2011||Sep 23, 2014||Smsc Holdings S.A.R.L.||Device charging over USB using a plurality of handshakes|
|US9122288||Dec 27, 2011||Sep 1, 2015||Cypress Semiconductor Corporation||Low power USB 2.0 subsystem|
|US9715271||May 1, 2015||Jul 25, 2017||Microchip Technology Incorporated||USB power port control|
|US20030139823 *||Dec 18, 2002||Jul 24, 2003||Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba||Electronic apparatus and power supply control method|
|US20030168917 *||Mar 7, 2003||Sep 11, 2003||Ejaz Afzal||Dual input AC/DC power converter having a programmable peripheral power hub module|
|US20040064273 *||Sep 30, 2002||Apr 1, 2004||Chanh Le||USB-controllable power supply|
|US20040078498 *||Nov 12, 2002||Apr 22, 2004||Fujitsu Limited||Device driver and device|
|US20040085049 *||Nov 6, 2002||May 6, 2004||Sergio Orozco||Ac voltage regulator apparatus and method|
|US20050015536 *||Sep 30, 2003||Jan 20, 2005||Kuei-Jung Lee||Peripheral device having a personal disk used for storing device drivers|
|US20050080973 *||Sep 1, 2004||Apr 14, 2005||Kuei-Jung Lee||Peripheral device having a personal disk used for storing device drivers and driving method thereof|
|US20050225177 *||Apr 13, 2004||Oct 13, 2005||Jacobs James K||Integrated power supply system|
|US20050286191 *||Jun 24, 2005||Dec 29, 2005||Pieter Vorenkamp||Power supply integrated circuit with multiple independent outputs|
|US20060095641 *||Nov 1, 2004||May 4, 2006||Amol Pandit||System and method for dynamic USB power source|
|US20060184811 *||Apr 10, 2006||Aug 17, 2006||Keith Kasprzak||Modular server system|
|US20070055805 *||Aug 24, 2006||Mar 8, 2007||Motohiro Hayashi||Control system, electronic device and image forming apparatus|
|US20080042616 *||Aug 17, 2006||Feb 21, 2008||Monks Morgan H||System and Method for Rapidly Charging a USB Device|
|US20080059816 *||Aug 30, 2006||Mar 6, 2008||Frank Patrick Paniagua||Power supply capable of receiving digital communications from electronic devices|
|US20080126769 *||Jul 26, 2006||May 29, 2008||Moyer William C||Data processing with reconfigurable registers|
|US20080270780 *||Jul 3, 2008||Oct 30, 2008||Lopez Fernando A||Design structure for disabling a universal serial bus port|
|US20080309313 *||Jun 13, 2008||Dec 18, 2008||Apple Inc.||Systems and methods for providing device-to-device handshaking through a power supply signal|
|US20090102442 *||Oct 18, 2007||Apr 23, 2009||Li-Chun Lai||Power Supply Device for USB|
|US20090259867 *||Jun 18, 2009||Oct 15, 2009||Paniagua Jr Frank||Power Supply Capable of Receiving Digital Communications from Electronic Devices|
|US20090265565 *||Mar 9, 2009||Oct 22, 2009||David Suurballe||Method and apparatus for managing power in computer systems|
|US20100205463 *||Feb 6, 2009||Aug 12, 2010||Magnusson Hans L||Bistone port power controller for usb hubs with legacy battery charge support|
|US20100217911 *||Feb 20, 2009||Aug 26, 2010||Sisto John F||Serial Bus Hub with Low Power Devices|
|US20100287387 *||Jul 30, 2009||Nov 11, 2010||Chen Johnny Hsiang-Yu||Docking station|
|US20110225437 *||Mar 14, 2011||Sep 15, 2011||David Suurballe||Method and apparatus for managing power in computer systems|
|CN100489823C||Apr 16, 2007||May 20, 2009||国际商业机器公司||Method and apparatus for disabling a universal serial bus port|
|WO2015171463A1 *||May 1, 2015||Nov 12, 2015||Microchip Technology Incorporated||Usb power port control|
|WO2016013013A1 *||Jul 22, 2015||Jan 28, 2016||Advanced Magnetic Solutions Limited .||Controlled power adapter and cable|
|U.S. Classification||307/31, 710/313, 713/340, 361/18|
|Cooperative Classification||H02J1/102, Y10T307/406|
|Mar 23, 2001||AS||Assignment|
Owner name: CYPRESS SEMICONDUCTOR CORPORATION, CALIFORNIA
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNOR:WRIGHT, DAVID G.;REEL/FRAME:011656/0971
Effective date: 20010323
|Sep 13, 2006||FPAY||Fee payment|
Year of fee payment: 4
|Oct 1, 2010||FPAY||Fee payment|
Year of fee payment: 8
|Nov 7, 2014||REMI||Maintenance fee reminder mailed|
|Mar 21, 2015||AS||Assignment|
Owner name: MORGAN STANLEY SENIOR FUNDING, INC., NEW YORK
Free format text: SECURITY INTEREST;ASSIGNORS:CYPRESS SEMICONDUCTOR CORPORATION;SPANSION LLC;REEL/FRAME:035240/0429
Effective date: 20150312
|Apr 1, 2015||LAPS||Lapse for failure to pay maintenance fees|
|May 19, 2015||FP||Expired due to failure to pay maintenance fee|
Effective date: 20150401